Meet Our Team

Clint Miller

Clint Miller

Program Manager

Clint is an experienced youth worker who is passionate about mentoring and empowering young people. As Destination Dreaming’s Program Manager, he manages community partnerships and leads educational programs for young people, facilitating their learning journey to achieve personal and interpersonal growth.

Clint has 16 years experience in the youth development and outdoor recreation sectors. He holds a Diploma in Youth Work, Outdoor Recreation Certification and is a personal development trainer. In addition to his role at Destination Dreaming, Clint has worked as a trainer and mentor for Beyond Billabong’s indigenous vocational training program and is a regular speaker at global education events across Australia.

Kate Miller

Kate Miller

Director

Kate is a social entrepreneur passionate about experiential learning and sustainable development. As Destination Dreaming’s Director, Kate manages the organisation’s strategic direction, program evaluation and development.

Kate has twelve years experience in the youth, community development and social enterprise sectors, as well as a stint with leading strategy consulting firm, L.E.K. Consulting. Previous roles have included leading vocational training and life skills programs for young indigenous women and consulting projects within the education sector. Kate holds postgraduate and honours degrees in law, and has run programs in Australia, Kenya, Fiji and Timor Leste.

Matthew Conolan

Matthew Conolan

Program Leader

Matt is an outdoor educator with over 15 years experience in Outdoor and Environmental Education and the adventure leading field. Matt holds a Degree in Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies from the University of Tasmania, a Graduate Diploma in Education and Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation.

He is passionate about connecting young people to their natural environment to achieve personal growth and engaging them with the wider world, whether that is their environment or the local and global community. Matt has previously led school expeditions to Vietnam, Borneo, Arnhem Land and Timor Leste. He began working with Destination Dreaming in 2012 and has become passionate about Timor Leste through his involvement in school partnerships throughout Timor. In addition to his work with Destination Dreaming, Matt is the Head of Outdoor Education at Sacred Heart College in Hobart.

Tom Richardson

Tom Richardson

Program Leader

Tom joined the Destination Dreaming team in 2006. Tom is passionate about facilitating intercultural education programs for young people, particularly international programs in Fiji due to his love of Pacific culture. Tom is very involved in the community sector through his role empowering wheelchair bound young people through adaptive surfing and skating programs with ‘Ocean Healing Group’ and ‘Sharing the Stoke’.

Previous roles have included music teaching and outdoor education across a number of Victorian schools. Tom is also an accomplished musician. Tracks inspired by his experiences in Fiji have featured on his previous two albums.

Megan Cossar

Megan Cossar

Program Leader

Meg is an experienced educator who is passionate about experiential education and the learning that is seeded from an amazing interaction with people or nature. She holds degrees in Education and Arts and has worked in a wide variety of roles including Interpretive Ranger at Kakadu National Park and Outdoor Education Leader at Wollangarra Outdoor Education Centre. This experience stands Meg in great stead as Destination Dreaming’s primary Indigenous Perspectives Program Leader.

From educational bicycle tours, remote hikes in the Alpine country, weaving baskets with Indigenous women and releasing baby marine turtles, Meg has facilitated groups through a range of transformative experiences. She is also a yoga teacher, encouraging people to connect with their heart to follow their dreams and be the best version of themselves.

Clare Batten

Clare Batten

Program Leader

Clare is an experienced nurse of over 12 years experience, currently in charge of a busy surgical ward in Warrnambool, Victoria. Clare also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in International Health.

Her passion for Timor-Leste began in the mid 1990s when she was involved with the pro-independence movement in Melbourne. In 2011, Clare and her husband James and their two boys, then aged 5 and 9, packed up and lived in Timor for 7 months. There they worked as volunteers at the Alola Foundation and Arte Moris art school.

Clare now enjoys sharing her love of Timor with young people experiencing the amazing country for the first time. She loves watching their hearts open to the people and their minds be challenged by the stories shared. Facilitating opportunities for global education and relationship building between Timorese and Australian students excites and inspires Clare.

Tania Deguara

Tania Deguara

Program Leader

Tania Deguara brings a wealth of education and social justice activism experience to Destination Dreaming. Tania is currently a Department Head at Ivanhoe Grammar School. Prior to her move to Ivanhoe, Tania was the Round Square Coordinator at Scotch Oakburn College in Launceston, where she was responsible for organising and coordinating student-led local, national and international service projects. Tania has led student trips to India, Cambodia, Thailand, New Zealand, Timor-Leste, England, Canada and USA.

Tania also spent a decade working as a fundraiser, marketer and campaigner for three highly-respected organisations: Amnesty International, Royal Women’s Hospital Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Realising her passion for social justice activism and global issues was going to need a little assistance she turned towards teaching, believing that young people are the real vehicles for change. Tania first joined Destination Dreaming in 2011, to establish a long-term partnership in Timor Leste for Scotch Oakburn College. In addition to leading programs, Tania has also used her involvement to complete her final project for her Masters in Education, focusing on global partnerships as part of schools’ global education programs.

Amy Cash

Amy Cash

Program Leader

Amy is an Economics, History and Geography teacher who strives to give all young people a globally focused education. She has a degree in Law and Economics from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the Queensland University of Technology. In addition to leading Destination Dreaming programs, Amy has also run youth conferences around Australia since 2010 focused on international relations, foreign policy, and aid and development. She is also a Teach for Australia EdFellow.

Amy loves travelling to Timor and being able to each time build upon the relationships with the communities in both Maliana and Same. It is only through experiencing first hand another culture that young people from both Timor and Australia can truly learn about what it means to be a global citizen. Amy also enjoys watching young people grow in their self-awareness and self-confidence while visiting Timor and being able to take a leading role in growing the community partnerships. Students realise in Timor that education is about so much more than just what happens in the classroom, which is why Amy is passionate about programs which encourage life-education.